Thursday, December 14, 2023

High-Level committee set up by India in response to US Security concerns

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India announced the formation of a high-level inquiry committee to thoroughly examine all relevant aspects related to the concerns raised by the United States regarding bilateral security cooperation.

In a statement today, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned that the Indian government will undertake “necessary follow-up action” in accordance with the findings of the inquiry committee.

“We have already said that during the course of discussions with the US on bilateral security cooperation, the US side shared some inputs pertaining to nexus between organized criminals, gun runners, terrorists and others,” Bagchi said in a statement.

“We had also indicated that India takes such inputs seriously since they impinge on our national security interests as well, and relevant departments were already examining the issue,” the statement added.

The Ministry of External Affairs stated that the inquiry committee was formed on November 18.

“In this context, it is informed that on 18 November 2023, the Government of India constituted a high-level Enquiry Committee to look into all the relevant aspects of the matter,” the MEA spokesperson said.

He added, “Government of India will take necessary follow-up action based on the findings of the Enquiry Committee”.

On November 22, the Ministry of External Affairs had conveyed that the United States provided certain inputs regarding a “nexus between organized criminals, gun runners, terrorists, and others” during recent discussions on India-US security cooperation.

Bagchi emphasized that India considers such inputs seriously as they impact its own security interests. He noted that these inputs are a matter of concern for both countries, and appropriate follow-up action is being pursued.

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